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Christians talk about Buddhist meditation, Buddhists talk about Christian prayer
Gross, Rita M.
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New York : Continuum, 2003.
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157 pages ; 24 cm
Buddhist spiritual practice as seen by Christians -- How I, a Christian, have learned from Buddhist practice, or "the frog sat on the lily pad ... not waiting" / Frances S. Adeney -- What I know and don't know : a Christian reflects on Buddhist practice / Mary Frohlich -- On the practice of faith : a Lutheran's interior dialogue with Buddhism / Paul O. Ingram -- Readiness : preparing for the path / Terry C. Muck -- In contrast to sentimentality : Buddhist and Christian sobriety / Bardwell Smith -- Buddhist responses -- A Buddhist reflects (practices reflection) on some Christians' reflections on Buddhist practices / Grace Burford -- Christian experiences with Buddhist spirituality : a response / Robert Thurman -- Christian spiritual practice as seen by Buddhists -- Formal practice : Buddhist or Christian / Robert Aitken -- Meditation and prayer : a comparative inquiry / Rita M. Gross -- Christian prayer seen from the eye of a Buddhist / Kenneth K. Tanaka -- Jesus prayer and the Nembutsu / Taitetsu Unno -- Buddhist prayer?: a reflection / Mahinda Deegalle -- Christian responses -- A Christian response to Buddhist reflections on prayer / Donald W. Mitchell -- A response to reflections on Buddhist and Christian religious practices / Ursula King.

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This book adopts the format of the editorsÆ previous book, Buddhists Talk about Jesus, Christians Talk about the Buddha. In that book eight scholar-practitioners--four of them Buddhist and four Christian--explored their relationship to the great religious figure of the other tradition. Then the remaining contributors, two from each tradition, addressed themselves, rebuttal fashion, to the views expressed. In the new book the subject is the differences and similarities between Buddhist meditation and Christian prayer. What can a Christian, for example, learn from the mental and physical rigor of Buddhist meditative practice? What can a Buddhist learn from traditional Christian prayer? Can one mix distinct religious identity (Christian) with practice techniques associated with another religion (Buddhist) without compromising the religious specificity of either the identities or the techniques? Christian contributors include Frances S. Adeney, Mary Frohlich, Paul O. Ingram, Ursula King, Terry C. Muck, Yagi Seiichi, and Bardwell Smith. Buddhist contributors include Robert Aitken, Grace Burford, Rita Gross, John Makransky, Ken Tanaka, Robert Thurman, and Taitetsu Unno.

Author Notes

Rita M. Gross is at the Naropa Institute, Boulder, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Terry C. MuckFrances S. AdeneyMary FrohlichPaul O. IngramTerry C. MuckBardwell SmithGrace BurfordRobert ThurmanRobert AitkenRita M. GrossKenneth K. TanakaTaitetsu UnnoMahinda DeegalleDonald W. MitchellUrsula KingRita M. Gross
Introductionp. 7
Buddhist Spiritual Practice As Seen by Christians
How I, a Christian, Have Learned from Buddhist Practice, or "The Frog Sat on the Lily Pad ... Not Waiting"p. 15
What I Know and Don't Know: A Christian Reflects on Buddhist Practicep. 20
On the Practice of Faith: A Lutheran's Interior Dialogue with Buddhismp. 27
Readiness: Preparing for the Pathp. 37
In Contrast to Sentimentality: Buddhist and Christian Sobrietyp. 45
Buddhist Responses
A Buddhist Reflects (Practices Reflection) on Some Christians' Reflections on Buddhist Practicesp. 55
Christian Experiences with Buddhist Spirituality: A Responsep. 61
Christian Spiritual Practice As Seen by Buddhists
Formal Practice: Buddhist or Christianp. 69
Meditation and Prayer: A Comparative Inquiryp. 88
Christian Prayer Seen from the Eye of a Buddhistp. 101
Jesus Prayer and the Nembutsup. 109
Buddhist Prayer?: A Reflectionp. 118
Christian Responses
A Christian Response to Buddhist Reflections on Prayerp. 135
A Response to Reflections on Buddhist and Christian Religious Practicesp. 140
Conclusionp. 150